After more than six weeks in lockdown, every one of us is no doubt feeling the effects. This is challenging for everyone, but can be especially difficult for those with learning disabilities, who can feel highly anxious when things change quickly and the normal pattern of life is disrupted.
The world has changed dramatically for all of us. Unable to visit friends or family, our freedom to leave our homes restricted and our daily routines completely disrupted.
Many of our members can only go as far as their front door. Some have moved back to live with family to limit the spread of coronavirus. Lockdown measures and isolation from friends is not only frustrating for people, it is also very frightening.
For many families across the country, being on lockdown is a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging time. But for people living with autism and their relatives, these day-to-day struggles are magnified. Many parents are now caring for their children who may have a multitude of complex medical needs.
Each family has a different lockdown story. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
Anna has complex learning disabilities, autism, epilepsy and asthma, as well as poor fine and gross motor co-ordination. She is in the most vulnerable category